Baseball season ends at regional

May 11, 2023

Comanche’s baseball team fought hard but came up short at the regional tournament at Oklahoma Christian School last week. The Indians went 1-2 in the double elimination tournament, falling to Bethel in both losses, while picking up a win over Keifer.

Comanche ends the season with a 20-16 record.

Game One

Bethel 11

Comanche 6

The Indians took an early 1-0 lead with an RBI single by Brady Dobbins, but Bethel would score seven runs over the next three innings to take the lead for good.

Trailing 7-1 going into the bottom of the fourth, Comanche picked up a pair of RBIs from Dobbins and one each from Evan Dodd and Ian Essex to cut the lead to 7-5, but it would be as close as they would get as Bethel added three runs in the sixth inning and then added another in the top of the seventh for an 11-5 lead before Comanche scored its final run with a bases-loaded walk issued to Essex.

Three Comanche players had multiple hits in the game with Essex, Dobbins and Kooper Doucet accounting for six of Comanche’s nine hits with two each.

Essex had a double in the game and Dobbins had a team-high three RBIs. Colby Shannon, Clayton Brantner and Dodd all had a hit each.

Landon Steele was the losing pitcher, as he went 2.1 innings, giving up three hits, five earned runs and five walks. He had one strikeout.

Both teams committed four errors in the game.

Game Two

Comanche 6

Keifer 4

A three-run third inning by the Indians broke a 1-1 tie and Comanche would hold on the rest of the way to stay alive.

Gabe Diaz had an infield single for an RBI and Landon Steele drove in two runs in the third to give the Indians the lead.

Comanche would add two more runs in the top of the fourth and they would need them. 

Keifer cut the lead to 6-2 in the bottom half of the fourth inning and then added two more runs in the sixth, but they would not catch Comanche.

Diaz was 2-for-4 with a double to lead Comanche. Kooper Doucet, Landon Steele and Clayton Brantner all had two hits. Gunner King, Brady Dobbins and Ian Essex all had a hit each.

Diaz was the winning pitcher, as the tossed four innings while giving up four hits, two earned runs and three walks. He struck out eight.

Game Three

Bethel 8

Comanche 3

Both teams put up runs in the first inning and then it would remain scoreless except for one more inning the rest of the game as the Wildcats ended the Indians’ season.

The Indians took an early lead with three runs in the first inning, but Bethel scored five in their half of the inning and the Indians would be shut out the rest of the way.

The Wildcats added three runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Gabe Diaz went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI to lead the Indians at the plate. Ian Essex, Gunner King, Brady Dobbins and Colby Shannon all had a hit in the game.

Ian Essex was the losing pitcher, going 1.2 innings with two hits, two earned runs, a strikeout and six walks.